Filmreport 'All Quiet on the Western Front'

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Paul Bäumer is a German, young boy, who, together with his classmates, enlists for the army to fight in the Great War. Full of enthusiasm and adventurous thoughts, they arrive at the front, but then are faced with the horrific and soul-destroying war. One by one the classmates are fall in action…

1. What is the title of this film? When was it made? Who wrote the original novel? Title: All Quiet on the Western Front
Made in: 1979
Author: Erich Maria Remarque

2. Why did the students join the Army?
The students were taught fighting was something good. War was an adventure. When being soldiers, the students did not have to attend school and they want to fight for their fatherland.

3. What role did the mailman (Himmelstoess) have? Was he particularly mean to the recruits? Give an example. Himmelstoess role was being in charge of the recruits, the newcomers. He was mean and cruel to them: he forced the recruits to obey ridiculous and dangerous orders, like marching in the mud and defying them when doing exercises. Himmelstoess did that simple because he enjoyed bullying them.

4. How were the conditions at the Western Front different from their expectations in training camp?  The conditions in the training camp were different from the conditions at the Western Front because in the training camp, nobody was killed. They were only preparing for the war. At the Western Front they killed enemy soldiers. In real.

5. What was the impact of the shelling on the new recruits? The new recruits were frightened by the shelling. You could hear the shooting and the bombing the whole time, which made soldiers go insane. Some also tried to escape from the trenches and go home. The constant shelling was not something the recruits had expected.

6. What happened after the bombardment?
At the front, the soldiers are sent to put up barbed wire. All of a sudden, there is an artillery attack and several men and horses are hit. One of the...
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